Make sure you have the things listed below before starting:
- Rhino 6.0 or 7.0
- One Click LCA account and license with Business features to be able to import data
- One Click LCA account and license with Expert features to be able to get results back into Rhino
How do you set up the Rhino Integration?
Where can I download it?
The plugin's installer can be found at the bottom of this page, look for 'OneClickLCA.rhi'.
How do I install it?
Download the plugin installer and double click it, it will start installing.
How to use the Rhino Integration?
After installing the Rhino plugin, the plugin’s action button can be found at the top of the page, as shown below. When moving your mouse at the left most edge of the plugin, you will be able to move it in different positions.
By clicking on it, the One Click LCA plugin window shall pop-up on the right part of the screen. The plugin consists of four main tabs, “materials”, “layers”, “settings” and “results”.
The four buttons show below are present regardless of which tab is active.
- LCA in Cloud: Transfers the model directly to One Click LCA’s cloud platform.
- Refresh: Refreshes the model and shows any changes.
- Reset: Resets all settings and mappings.
- Help: Redirects you to the customer support center.
At this tab you can match the building elements to materials from One Click LCA’s Database.
- Data Source: Choose the database from which you would like to get data from (i.e., IBU or EPD Norge etc.). Leave empty to show all options.
- Country: Choose the project’s country. Leave empty to show all options.
- Type: Choose the type of data you are looking for, i.e., Generic/average, manufacturer specific, plant specific, private data. Leavy empty to show all options.
- Material: Choose the material subtype, i.e., Ready-mix concrete for external walls and floors, aluminium etc.
- Search Resource: Alternatively, you can use the search function to look for a specific material. Type in the product’s name, subtype or the EPD number to get all the relevant results in (6).
- Select Resource: Regardless of the search method chosen, the available material list will appear in this dropdown. Choose the material you want to use, the correct unit, click on the desired layer from the layers panel (see 7) and then click on “Map to Selected Layer” to match the material with the building element.
Note 1: When entering surface area, you should always specify the thickness of the element.
Note 2: When selecting a resource, only the resource’s available units will show in the dropdown.
- Layers panel: An overview of the available layers to map, the materials you have mapped them to, the quantity, the unit, and, if applicable, the thickness. The plugin inherits the names in the “Layer” column from the layers that have been specified when designing the project. As such, every building element must be drawn under the correct layer to be mapped properly.
At this tab you can choose which building elements will be included in the LCA and decide whether you would like all the elements under the specified layer to be grouped (i.e., having multiple floor slabs grouped under one material or assign different materials to each slab).
- Included: You can choose whether to include the specified layer in your LCA analysis or not.
- Group: You can choose whether to group all the items under this element into one or have them shown and mapped separately.
- Count: An overview of how many elements are included in this layer.
- Quantity: An overview of the total quantity in this layer.
At this tab you can choose the locality of the data which you want to use (i.e., European Data, North American Data, Swiss, French etc.). You can also specify the project’s Gross Floor Area and login using your One Click LCA credentials.
- Map to: Choose the local database which you want to get data for (i.e., European Data, North American data, etc.)
- Gross Floor Area: Specify the area of your project
- Username/Password: Login using your One Click LCA credentials
Once you have mapped your building elements with the corresponding materials, you will be able to see your results at this tab.
- Class: The material class as specified when setting up the layers.
- Material: The material description as specified in the “materials” tab.
- Tons CO2e: The total amount of CO2e based on the material mappings.
- % of total: The % distribution to the total of each building element.
As previously mentioned, each building element inherits its class from the layers tab. Furthermore, when uploading the model in the cloud (by clicking “LCA in Cloud”), One Click LCA will assign a class to each material used based on the name of the layer. As a result, to avoid additional workload when importing the model to One Click LCA, you can use the naming convention of the software for each material class:
|8. Beam||15. Finish|
|9. Stairs||16. Covering|
3. External Wall
|10. Other||17. Systems|
|4. Internal Wall||11. Door||18. Buildingtech|
|5. Column||12. Window||19. Furniture|
|6. Slab||13. Horizontal Finish||20. Site|
|7. Roof||14. Vertical Finish|
If you wish to model more complex masses as one, such as a wall with insulation and not each element separately, you are still able to do so by designing each element under the same layer. Then, under the “Layers” tab, choose the corresponding layer, ungroup them and then hit on refresh. Back in the “Materials” tab you should be able to see a list of all the elements under the specific layer, as shown below:
Clicking on any of the lines will highlight the corresponding building element in your design. This way you can model multiple materials under the same layer.
Keep in mind that with this method, the results tab will be populated with each individual element, rather than a grouped sum of the whole layer.